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Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason, who not only wants to fight a one-man war but to waltz off with Gordon's girlfriend.Written by
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Some might think that Japan might have had an excuse for declaring war when the Flying Tigers became active, but since they were civilian pilots hired by China and not members of the US military United States, there was no proper justification for this. See more »
When Woody takes off in the unarmed ship, the rudder of his plane is shown being shot to pieces by a Japanese plane. In the rest of the sequence, the dive and the final landing, the rudder is undamaged. See more »
Jim lets me use his room to wash up because it's the only one on the base with a bathtub.
Hmm. Must get pretty chummy on Saturday night.
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »
Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »
Yes, this is a second-rate John Wayne war film (which probably makes it a third or fourth-rate movie for some). Its story resembles a Pat O'Brien/James Cagney military actioner of the thirties, or maybe even the Spencer Tracy/Clark Gable flight movie TEST PILOT, more than it does the real story of the Flying Tigers. Wayne plays the paternalistic leader always telling the hot shot to play with the team; ironically, it was because the Army Air Force wanted to deflate the cowboy attitude and emphasize team work that the real Flying Tigers got disbanded. Despite the corn and cliches, Wayne and the movie are lovable. Like all war movies made between 1942-1945, it's also an eye-opening time capsule.
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